Thursday, October 7, 2010

Walking With My Children

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We rush through our days, brushing pass one another on our way from one event to the other. At the end of some days it feels like the only thing I've done is bark orders at the children or scold them for something they've done or not done.

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Now that I'm working and school has started, this seems to be magnified. One of the reasons I love getting out in the woods and hiking with the kids is that it gives me an opportunity to reconnect with them.

The fresh air and quiet woods seem to be a catalyst to communication.

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They tell me about school and the ways they are struggling. They share their concerns.

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They also share their dreams and hopes. They tell me about their passions. I feel encouraged when they tell me how much they love our family.

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I find out that one feels like he finally belongs and is gaining large amounts of self-confidence. Another shares his desire for the future and college.

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My youngest just chatters happily and talks about her days and all the things she wants to do.

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We leave the shadow of the woods and back into the busyness of our lives. There will still be days and weeks of feeling harried and hassled, yet somehow we feel closer because of our interlude in the forest.